Meet the Team
Gail Smith has a vast experience of swimming at all levels and has successfully built SwimEasy into Scotland’s largest independent Swim School over the past 12 years. Gail recognised and understood the importance of swimming from an early age and watched her two sons become top swimmers at both a Scottish and Great British level. Gail's elder son Taylor was a Scottish Junior Breaststroke Champion and just missed the qualification standard Team Scotland for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.
Taylor was active in the SwimEasy business from the outset and involved himself in a number of teaching and coordinating roles. On completing his honours degree at Edinburgh University, followed by a year travelling and working in Australia, he undertook a postgraduate degree at Edinburgh University in Physical Education. Now a full time Teacher of PE, Taylor took up a 3 year teaching post at an International School in Shanghai, China, thereafter working at the Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, before taking up a new posting in Singapore, where continues to makes use of his vast swimming knowledge.
Gail’s younger son Lewis represented Scotland internationally for the first time at the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia, winning two silver medals. He swam for Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in 2005 and in 2006 and was British Junior record holder for a short period. Lewis was selected for the British Senior Swim Team at the European Championships in Hungary in 2006 and swam in his 400 Individual Medley specialist event. Lewis missed out narrowly on qualification for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In March 2009 he improved his ranking in the 400 Individual Medley to number 2 in the Great Britain all time list and later that summer represented GB successfully at the World Championships in Rome and at other international events on many occasions since. Lewis qualified to represent Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India in October 2010 where he brought back a team silver medal but just missed out again for selection to Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London.
As well as running her own SwimEasy business, Gail finds time to coach competitive swimmers at Warrender Baths Club, Scotland’s leading and most successful swimming club and is currently their President. Gail is very passionate about swimming her ongoing ambition goal is to enhance further the quality of learn to swim provision in Scotland. Gail has taken every opportunity to further her knowledge of the wider aspects of swimming and has attended Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. To advance her professional development and understanding of the sport, Gail also attended the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne in 2007 and in Rome in 2009. She attended also the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Delhi. In addition to attending major international swimming interests, Gail can be seen at National, District and local competitive events where she undertakes the role of either coach or team manager.
Gail’s business ambitions are very unique for a woman. She makes a living from providing swimming lessons, but re-invests any extra money back into the company to improve the service for her customers. Unlike any other learn to swim programmes available in either the private or public sector, Gail ensures that SwimEasy remains a truly local company where customers are able to speak directly to the SwimEasy staff. Her passion for the sport ensures that SwimEasy remains the Market Leader in the teaching of swimming and includes swimmers starting from as young as 4 months in her SwimBabies Programme.
Gail can often be seen at pool venues operated by SwimEasy. She does not undertake as much hands on teaching as previously but her principal involvement involves; the training of teachers; and the provision of regular staff training workshops. This guarantees good quality teaching control and ensures that progressive practices and correct teaching methods delivered by the teachers. It guarantees that the techniques of all 4 swim strokes are taught to the highest standards to all pupils.
As Managing Director of SwimEasy, Gail Smith has put in place a wide ranging team of experts to build and develop the swimming business
Philip, (husband of Gail Smith - owner and Managing Director) joinedSwimEasy as a Director in April 2010 following his early retirement as a career civil servant, to provide support and assistance throughout the business.
Although working for the Scottish Government, Philip always had a healthy interest in all aspects of the swimming business, acting as Company Secretary since the company was formed in the late 1990s. He supported Gail in the business, and their 2 boys, Taylor and Lewis throughout their highly successful competitive swimming careers.
Swimming has taken them both around the world attending Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, European Championships and other major events in many countries including Australia, Greece, China, India, USA, Germany, Spain, Holland and Hungary as well as throughout Great Britain.
SwimEasy works closely with Warrender Baths Club www.swimwarrender.com, Scotland’s leading Competitive Swimming Club and one of the premier clubs in Great Britain. Philip was President of the Club over a 5 year period from 2003 -2008, during which he watched the club prosper, as it continues to do so to this day, both in and out of the water.
Val is as a Progress Advisor at Braes High School, Forth Valley on Saturday mornings and is currently studying primary teaching at Glasgow University which she loves. Val is married with two children, both of which have learned to swim through SwimEasy. Val thinks the best thing about working for SwimEasy is seeing children progress from being frightened in the water to becoming super swimmers.
Left to right back row and left to right front row:
Paul, Lana, Stephanie, Irek, Ian
Andrew, Claire, Sean
Andrew Young, Clare Petrie, Niamh Kerr, Callum Rourke, Debbie Morris, Andrew Christy, Duncan Collier
Left to Right Back Row: Stuart & Daniel
Left to Right Middle Row: Lisa, Adele & Gemma Left to Right Front Row: Lucy, Louise & Jenny
Gemma was born in Edinburgh and moved to Oman when she was 18 months and was able to swim before she could walk. This was largely due to the fact it was so hot that learning to swim was a life skill.
Swimming was one of many sports she participated in throughout school and University. She graduated from Plymouth University with a degree in Sports Management. She has used her degree in various roles most notably at Cannons Health and Fitness as Assistant General Manager where she was part of the team to achieve the ‘Best Overall Club’ in terms of membership sales and customer service which resulted in an all expenses paid trip to New York.
She has worked all over the world from Resort Rep in Verbier, Switzerland, Sailing Instructor in Bodrum, Turkey to Bar Manager in Alpe D’Huez, France and participated in the highest bungee during a working holiday in New Zealand!
Gemma has a great eye for detail and is really pleased to be joining SwimEasy in a Quality Control capacity and looking forward to maintaining our position as market leader in delivering high quality swimming lessons.
Married with a family; Lorna P.E Teacher, Brogan eldest daughter, a graduate from Glasgow School of art and Callum who is a promising rugby player having represented Edinburgh U16 and U17 and is now in the Scottish age group squads.
Alister left school with his certificate of attendance and even that was not 100%. He has played many roles in his career from a Fire fighter to owning his own business and helped set up A-Star Sports – a business which provides a sports coaching programme for children, that is now franchised around the UK.
Alister is a former Warrender Baths club member and had a successful Water Polo career representing Scotland during the 1980’s.
“I am looking forward to playing my part in helping SwimEasy continue to be the best swim school it can be and simultaneously allow children to achieve their full potential in swimming, whether that be fun or competitive. I look forward to meeting you all”.